ABB launches mobile situational awareness system
ABB has unveiled a new tool, ABB Ability Marine Pilot Vision, that harnesses advanced sensor technology to provide officers with detailed situational awareness anywhere on a ship.
The system combines sensors with computer vision to offer multiple real-time visualisations of a vessel’s surroundings and new ways of perceiving its situation. A virtual model of the ship is superimposed on real surroundings, making it possible to see the operation from a third person’s perspective.
“The launch addresses an important step in the ongoing digitalisation of ship operations,” said Juha Koskela, managing director, ABB Marine & Ports. “Vision delivers a completely new user experience in ship operations. It also brings remotely-operated or unmanned ships into clear view.”
Users can switch between views instantly, making it easier to predict vessel motions and spot previously hidden obstacles or collision risks. ABB claims that the system has significant benefits for safety and operational efficiency.
Mikko Lepisto, senior vice president of digital solutions, ABB Marine & Ports, added: “The solution can easily be installed on conventional vessels to improve situational awareness. What’s more, it enables new shoreside remote services, as well as totally new design options for vessels as it provides unrestricted views of the surroundings from any location on board and even on shore."
The system will be introduced to the general public for the first time during the Slush technology event Slush in Helsinki between 30 November and 1 December.
By Anne-Marie Causer
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